By Mario Duran
Cougar News Blog
The sound of music is echoing in Cactus Canyon Junior High, probably because of all the shiny new plaques in the music room.
Cougars in different band groups took a trip to Anaheim on March 21 to participate in the Heritage Festival, a music competition for band and orchestra members.
“Heritage festival is a festival where bands, orchestras, and choirs can come from all over the country to perform in front of judges to receive a rating,” said Kailtyn Shafer. “After you perform, a judge comes to the stage to give tips or teach us how to do something.”
Three band groups attended the festival, each leaving with an award. Both wind ensemble and symphony received a bronze plaque, and jazz band received a silver.
Also among these students was Catherine Roberts, an eighth grader at Cactus Canyon, who was presented with the Maestro Award for being an outstanding musician. Roberts, 13, has been playing the violin since she was seven, taking private lessons outside of school and learning new things in class. The award was only given to 11 students at the festival.
“In orchestra class, the students and I practiced playing together as a group. We had worked hard for the festival for months,” said Roberts. “I did not expect this award because there were many other band students that played at the music festival, too.”
The Cougars also brought home the Spirit of Anaheim award, an award given to only one of the 37 schools in attendance that commemorates outstanding character dedication. Cactus Canyon hasn’t received the award before this occasion.
“I think [the award] was a nice addition to our regular award plaques, in that it recognized their hard work and dedication,” said Vining. “It was such an honor to be noticed for our positive attitudes and hard work.”